Category: Stories

December 6, 2016

By Mercy Kolok JUBA, South Sudan, December 6, 2016—Alfred Tombe is one of those guys you meet and hit it off immediately.  He is a simple, jolly and humble man who is always helpful. Even when he doesn’t know you, he will strike up a conversation and crack some jokes to make you feel at…

February 21, 2016

In South Sudan, a massive push is underway to bring the chance to learn to more than half a million out-of-school children. This young country has the lowest rate of school attendance in the world and two years of conflict has only made the situation worse. More than 400,000 have been forced to drop out of education….

February 16, 2016

by Ashley Hamer BENTIU, South Sudan 16 February 2016 – For children all over the world, exams are usually accompanied by a feeling of dread, but for a small group of students seeking shelter is South Sudan’s largest displacement camp, it’s a time of great excitement. These students are sitting their national primary school finals…

February 12, 2016

By Claire McKeever When Simon returns to his family after an arduous time among an armed group, two young goats will help him along his path to recovery, and to realizing his dreams. PIBOR, South Sudan, 11 February 2016 – His days were once spent on exhausting treks through the bush, armed and poised for…

January 6, 2016

Over a quarter of a million children under 5 are estimated to be severely malnourished in South Sudan. In Bentiu Protection of Civilians site, over 100,000 people, the majority women and children, have fled devastating violence for safety but face new challenges. Nyeyang is one of the mothers struggling daily to survive after becoming separated from her husband…

January 1, 2016

by Emily Poyser As the UN helicopter takes off, Khan, whispers to his sister that he’s scared. She replies that he’ll soon see his mother and father again, for the first time in years. Then a big smile comes across Khan’s face as he looks out the window and sees the ground moving beneath him….

December 21, 2015

by Marianna Zaichykova “All children should be with their parents,” 13-year old Nyaruot tells us when we first meet her in a Protection of Civilians site in Bor, Jonglei State in South Sudan. The tented enclosure has been home for Nyaruot and her two younger sisters for the past two years. Until December 2013, Nyauot…

December 7, 2015

by Marianna Zaichykova and Ashley Hamer In South Sudan, UNICEF focusses its most extensive gender-based violence project on women displaced by war who are raising their families in Protection of Civilians sites alone.  MALAKAL, South Sudan: The hot tent buzzed with chatter; women were everywhere. Teenagers braided the hair of their mothers and aunts, young girls…

December 1, 2015

by Sebastian Rich   Behind the Camera: A personal account by Sebastian Rich on photographing the recovery of a little girl in South Sudan For the last forty years I have photographed in just about every corner of the world that has had – or is having – a conflict, war or some sort of disaster….